Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Essential Oils and The Sun and a Free Essential Oil!!

We are in the height of summer and even though we all know the the dangers of overexposure to the sun and the nasty consequences, we usually slip up one way or another and get a sunburn.  A sunburn can be as severe as heat, blistering and peeling or more mild with skin tightness and tenderness.  However no matter how mild, a burn is still a burn whether it is from the sun, boiling water or a curling iron and the steps to treating all of the above are basically the same.

Maybe not quite this Bad!!
First determine if the burn is still retaining heat.  If it is warm to the touch then your first step is to release the heat from the burn.  This part is most unpleasant, but fill a bathtub or for a smaller burn area perhaps just a tub of water, with as cold of water as you can get, even adding ice if you have it.  Submerge the burned area in the water for at least 10 minutes or until the burn is no longer hot to the touch.  If your burn is on your face, this may be a bit more challenging.  I would get as many washcloths as you have, fill a bowl with water and put the washcloths in, then stick in the freezer.  This will give you a continuous supply of very cold cloths to lay over your face.  I would lay the cold cloths over your face and change as soon as the cloth starts to warm up.

Once the heat has left the burn you can start the healing process.  As with any burn the only essential oil you need is Lavender.  If you don't have any Lavender you can try Eucalyptus in a pinch.  Apply the lavender neat (which means strait on with no carrier oil) to the burn and repeat every few hours.  If the Lavender isn't giving you the relief you need for the sunburn symptoms such as pain and swelling, you can also get Aloe Vera (pure) and add the lavender to it and apply to the burn.

Make sure to stay out of the sun for at least 2 days after the burn appears to be healed while the skin is regenerating.  It is also a good idea to go ahead and use the lavender for a few days as well to encourage healing.

In honor of all of us that have been sun burned or will be in the future, I would like to give away a free 10 ml bottle of Lavender from www.mybutterflyoils.com.

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  1. My worst sunburn is from last week. I went swimming in the ocean and forgot to reapply my suntan lotion (I'm a redhead), Luckily most of my body was covered since all of my exposed skin got sunburned, but the worst is my feet and ankles. My feet swelled and even a week later it still hurts when my skirt swishes against it. I have found that keeping peppermint water in my purse that when it starts feeling hot I spray it on my sunburn and it brings instant relief. I also have some kind of rash on it so I have been applying purify from butterfly express which has lavender in it. When I was a kid I used to use baby oil as suntan lotion, I would get so fried I would blister! But in the 80s that is what we were told to do! LOL

  2. Wow... I didn't know that Lavender was good for sunburns, that's good to know.

  3. It was when I was 10 years old on a trip to Italy. I fell asleep on the beach and woke up in a lot of pain. I wasn't allowed to go in the sun for a couple of days. :(
    Boy was it painful!!!

  4. Just before high school graduation, I spent a whole day at an amusement park with NO sunscreen. Yikes. But, I did get my graduation speech written in the next couple of days when I could only move enough to type.

  5. Seems like lavender does the trick for just about anything!


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